Introduction to Kearney, Missouri

Kearney, Missouri, in Clay county, is located 19 miles N of Independence, Missouri (center to center) and is 21 miles NE of Kansas City, Missouri. Part of the surrounding Kansas City metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Kearney is home to approximately 5,472 residents.

Kearney History

Kearney was founded by W. R. Cave and David T. Duncan in 1856. It was originally named as Centerville. It was served by the Kansas City and Cameron Railroad, which is a subsidiary of Hannibal and Saint Joseph Railroad. Some believe that the city was named after Fort Kearney, Nebraska. However, others believe that it was named for Charles E. Kearney, the president of the Kansas City and Cameron Railroad. Kearney was incorporated in 1869. It is the birth place of Jesse Woodson James, the famous member of James - Younger Gang.

Kearney and nearby Attractions

  • Jesse James Farm and Museum
  • Watkins Mill State Park
  • Excelsior Springs Golf Course
  • Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site
  • National Frontier Trails Museum
  • Wallace State Park

Things To Do In Kearney

Kearney is home to Jesse James Farm and Museum. One can visit the Watkins Mill State Park, which offers facilities for fishing, hiking, camping, and swimming. The park also includes shelters for picnic. The Excelsior Springs Golf Course is an ideal destination for the golf lovers. Tourists can visit the Strawberry Hill Museum, Watkins Mill State Park, and Harry S. Truman National Historic Site. Kearney also hosts the Jesse James Festival every year in the month of September.

Kearney Transportation

Kansas City International Airport is the nearest major air transportation facility.

Kearney Higher Education

Metropolitan Community College, University of Missouri - Kansas City, and Park University provide facilities for higher education.


Total Population 8,845
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 8.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,546
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 58.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.8%
Median Earnings25+ $37,303
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,577
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,605


Median Family Income $79,461
% Above Poverty Level 94.4%
% Below Poverty Level 5.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 16.6%
Median Gross Rent $812
Median House Value $157,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.2%
US/American 0%
English 13.9%
Irish 18.4%

Kearney Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles N of Independence, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles NE of Kansas City, Missouri
County Clay
Metro Area Kansas City
Standard Zip Codes 64060
Phone Area Codes 816
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.367
Longitude -94.361

Kearney Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 42 to 63 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 38 F
Apr Temp 41 to 68 F
Jul Temp 65 to 90 F
Oct Temp 42 to 70 F
Annual Precip 39 inches
Distance 18.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 36 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 67 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Crystal Lakes 406 $81,250
Excelsior Estates 165 $52,188
Excelsior Springs 11,391 $55,299
Holt 481 $57,500
Liberty 29,806 $79,681
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